Veggie shashuka

I like the idea of summer squash. They are so pretty. They are similar to zucchini. They have a lot going for them.

And yet, whenever I buy summer squash, I always feel at a loss for what to do with them. They lack zucchini’s flavor. They don’t have the meatiness of fall squashes. 

But in this recipe, they just work! 

Mr. F, who is always hungry after vegetarian meals, was satisfied and happy. The leftover “sauce” was reused to top pasta, which was also delicious. 

I’ve simiplied the recipe a lot from the original because I don’t keep some of those ingredients around and I don’t like that many steps for my weeknight dinners. All in all, this dish is a winner!

Summer Squash Shashuka

Adapted from The Kitchn

 2 lb summer squash

1 tbsp salt

olive oil

1 small onion, sliced in half moons

2 garlic, minced

14 oz crushed tomatoes

4 eggs

In a food processor, grate summer squash. Squeeze as much moisture as you can from each handful and transfer to a large sauté pan.

After all the squash is squished dry, add olive oil, garlic, salt, and tomatoes. Stir to combine. Turn heat on to medium. Cook until squash is tender, about 10 minutes. Season to taste.

Smooth mixture out evenly in sauté pan. Make 4 divots and crack an egg into each. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place a lid on the pan and cook about 10 minutes. Egg whites will be set but yolks will still be soft. Serve with lots of crusty bread!

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Zucchini pasta with saffron cream

This dish may win the combination of “most grown-up sounding food” but also “most child-like food.” It tastes like a jazzed up version of mac and cheese. You get a balance of half zucchini strands and half pasta strands so it doesn’t feel like you are deprived. And, yet, you can feel good that you ate your vegetables.

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Blueberry Pie

Summer is winding down. And what better way to capture that than pie?!

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Perfectly crispy potatoes


This isn’t much of a recipe but I think it is a tip that should be spread. Here is me doing my part!

When home alone, I tend not to make anything too elaborate for dinner. If I have nice tomatoes, it is likely going to become a bruschetta. I’ll brush the bread slices with lots of olive oil and put them in a pan while I chop up my tomatoes. Flip the slices, add tomatoes, top with a pinch of salt. Or maybe pasta with Parmesan cheese and black pepper. Or these potatoes with ketchup.

Carbs are my favorite food group and no one will ever convince me that I shouldn’t eat them!

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Nom nom nom

This post could also be titled: “How to make your boss’s birthday.” Assuming, of course, that your boss is a oatmeal cookie person. Oatmeal cookies are my boss’s favorite.

Since I work in such a small office, we normally do a little something for each person’s birthday. Especially for summer birthdays when everything is incredibly quiet. 

Fast forward to Sunday night when I remember I had agreed to bake something and am scrambling. Oatmeal? Check. Raisins? No check. Okay, cherries then. Turned out to be a genius move. 

The dried cherries are bright and tart. The oatmeal is toasted. And the overall effect is addicting, even for those who aren’t normally big fans of oatmeal cookies like me.

Chewy Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Adapted from the Kitchn

3 1/2 c old-fashioned rolled oats
1 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp fine salt
2 sticks butter, room temperature
3/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c dried tart cherries

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Spread oats over 2 baking sheets evenly. Bake, stirring halfway through, for 15-20 minutes. Oats will be slightly golden and smell great! Set aside to cool.

Take 1/2 cup of toasted oats and put in food processor/blender/spice grinder. Pulse until finely ground. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugars in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, scraping down bowl as necessary.

Add all dry ingredients including toasted and ground oats. Stir until just combined. Add cherries and gently mix in using a rubber spatula, until evenly distributed.

Place cookies on baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Bake an additional 2 minutes if you prefer crispier cookies. 

Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes. Move cookies on rack to cool completely.

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Recent failures

With the heat and many weekend plans, I haven’t been using the kitchen much. 

We ate salad for dinner every night last week. I attempted a gluten free pie, which reduced any desire to bake anything.


This weekend, we celebrate Mr. Fictional Kitchen’s birthday and I have high hopes that the menu will produce some stories to share. There will be carnitas tacos, tomato corn salad, possibly broccoli slaw, and the triffle you have seen on this site earlier.

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A soup of my own invention

This post is coming a bit late considering that the weather has finally changed and it is now hot as blazes. I was beginning to wonder if we were going to have a summer at all (which would have been fine by me). However, if you find yourself somewhere cold, this soup is just the ticket.

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